Koshinohomare Shiboritate Junmai Nama Genshu "Pride of Niigata"
The nose on this unpasteurized spring released sake is an amazing and baffling collection of butter, blueberry, apple, yogurt, powder sugar, and whipping cream aromas. Sake is supposed to be fun right? Well, get ready for a roller coaster ride that is soft, fresh, silky, round, fleshy and fruity that drinks like a whisper and a holler! This is a fluffy Nama that rolls through the palate with slippery goodness and carries flavors such as watermelon, pear, apple, guava, papaya, and a bit of candy. With an alc. level of 17% this classifies as a "velvet hammer" sake that appeals to those who enjoy the buzzy factor of a good sake. Lots of umami tones on the overall smoothness, and a good brew to gently warm. WORD: Silky WINE: Soft Reds/Smooth Whites BEER: Creamy Ales FOODS: Sushi, sashimi, skewers, burgers, grilled and pub fare. (2021)
The nose on this super-fresh just-released unpasteurized sake is a clever collection of pear, mango, papaya, cream, and powdered sugar aromas. This sake screams “Hey You Sake Drinker, It’s Nama Time!” Talk about a chewy and fat sake that drinks like liquid texture. This brew is all things Spring from chewy and gooey to lush and tingly with an active acidity of 1.9. With a semi-sweetness that drinks more rich than sweet. Has an alcohol content of 18% this “Genshu” is a wonderful dance partner in your glass with creamy moves of honey, pear, mango, and gentle rice tones from the Gohyakumangoku milled to 65%. This is a feeling brew that excels in the palate, and is perfect for those who like bigger bolder wines with a touch of sweetness. A small cup makes for more fruitiness and a larger glass moves the acidity to a more balanced level. WORD: Chewy WINE: Full Reds/Fat Whites BEER: Belgian Ales FOODS: The kitchen sink from International Spice to American sushi. (2020)